Explained: Why a biryani festival in Tamil Nadu stirred a row over exclusion of beef | Explained News,The Indian Express

Nearly two months ago, Tirupattur Collector Amar Kushwaha had said that beef and pork biryani stalls would be excluded from Ambur Biryani Thiruvizha 2022. This had stirred a controversy with various outfits in the district criticising the move.

The Tamil Nadu State Commission for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes stated Monday (August 1) that excluding beef from the proposed Ambur biryani festival would be tantamount to “discrimination,” and that such restrictions should be avoided in state-sponsored events.

Nearly two months ago, Tirupattur Collector Amar Kushwaha had said that beef and pork biryani stalls would be excluded from Ambur Biryani Thiruvizha 2022. This had stirred a controversy with various outfits in the district criticising the move. However, the May event was later indefinitely postponed by the collector citing “forecast of heavy rains.”

Around the same time on May 12, the Commission issued a notice to the collector, questioning the “discrimination on communal basis” in the biryani festival.

The festival

In May, the Tirupattur district administration announced a three-day biryani festival (May 13-15) in the town of Ambur, renowned for its well-spiced biryani made of seeraga samba — a fragrant, short and plump grained rice.

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